Dr. Kiki's Science Hour 39

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Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
Episode 39


  • Janet White, Chair, AWIS Marketing and Communications Committee

After graduating in Chemistry from Cambridge University, UK, Janet White started her career as an NMR spectroscopist at Beecham Pharmaceuticals, working on discovery and development of antibacterial drugs. Seeking to move into a management role, White studied part time for an MBA, and on obtaining her degree, joined leading strategy consulting firm Arthur D. Little.

White moved to Princeton, NJ in 2001 to lead the new US subsidiary of start-up consulting firm Phizz Rx, when she first joined the association for Women in Science (AWIS ) and became an active volunteer in the Central Jersey Chapter. On moving to San Diego, CA in 2002 to take a position as Director of Strategic Management at Pfizer Global Research & Development, she immediately joined the AWIS San Diego chapter.

White served as AWIS San Diego Chapter President from 2004 – 2006, and won an Athena Pinnacle Award in 2005 on behalf of AWIS San Diego for support of women in science, and received the AWIS San Diego President’s Award in 2008 for her many contributions to the chapter.

White became active in AWIS National in 2004, and worked with the Board to develop a short term strategic plan for 2005-6. In 2007 she established a new National Marketing & Communications committee, and was elected to the Board as a Councilor in 2009.

White’s current position is Director of Business Development for Kyowa Hakko Kirin California, Inc, a biotech company that discovers antibody therapeutics. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two dogs, and in her spare time she enjoys playing the cello.


This month marks the month to celebrate Women in History, and since this is a science show, we're going to winnow that category down to women in science. Who are they, where are they, what are they doing, what have they done, and why do they do the things they do?

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Notable Quotes




The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D. (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Louann Brizendine, M.D.

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  • Edited by: Erik
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